Thank you again to everyone who completed and returned the recent questionnaire. Its object was to help us focus our efforts on the projects which people most supported. Projects will only remain on our agenda if they prove to be viable and financially sound and meet the objectives of the Charity’s governing document. For purposes of clarification I quote these in full. The original donation of the Old Village Hall said that it was to be used for
.. physical and mental training and recreation and social moral and intellectual development through the medium of reading and recreation rooms library lectures classes recreations and entertainments or otherwise as may be found expedient for the benefit of the inhabitants of the Parishes of Great and Little Wigborough in the County of Essex and its immediate vicinity”. If the premises were sold the proceeds were to be “applied either in the purchase of other premises approved by the Committee and to be held upon the trust for the purposes and subject to the provisions hereintobefore set forth or as near thereto as circumstances will permit or towards such other charitable purposes or objects for the benefit of the inhabitants of the Parishes of Great and Little Wigborough as may be approved by [the Charity Commisssion].
Based on declared first choices there were 35.5 supporters for the Church Nave project, 33 for Peldon Village Hall, 20 for the Donated Land and 9.5 for the Investment project. Halves arise from indicating support for two projects equally. The full list of responses, minus personal details but including the many interesting comments made, will be available for study at the 2014 Annual General Meeting.
Given the results the Committee decided unanimously to undertake further work on the Church Nave and Peldon Village Hall projects and to do no further work on the Donated Land and Investment projects.
It is apparent that there are some misunderstandings circulating around the villages and I should like to set the record straight on these.
The questionnaire is a guide for the next stage of our work and not a mandate to implement anything. We cannot proceed with any investment activity without the approval of both the community and the Charity Commission. The process will be that the Committee will make recommendations to the community, which will be asked to vote on them and so define a way forward. If the community supports the recommendations they will then be referred to the Charity Commission asking for them to approve our plans.
The Committee regrets that some residents did not understand the questionnaire or its significance. In total 102 people did. Full details of all the Committee members were provided so that help was available. Some people took advantage of that.
As set out above the proceeds from the sale of the School Lane site have to be used to provide benefits for the Wigboroughs residents as near as possible to those envisaged by the original purchasers of the School Lane site. We use the convenient shorter description of ‘community facilities’ to encompass these. Colchester Borough Council has also made it clear that planning permission to develop the School Lane site will depend on the sale money realised being re-invested in community facilities.
Any suggestion that support for the Peldon Village Hall project involves handing money over to Peldon and then walking away from it is incorrect. If eventually a decision is made by the community, through the voting process, to invest money in the Peldon Village Hall redevelopment project it will be done in a strictly legal manner with merging of the two Village Hall Committees and the shared development and ownership of a Peldon and Wigboroughs Village Hall. This approach has the approval of the Peldon Village Management Committee. With this project money would therefore be invested in the tangible assets of a building and land just as it was originally in School Lane. If years down the track such a new shared hall became derelict or unused there would be legacy money to be recovered by selling that site in a repeat of the School Lane history.
The Wigboroughs Village Hall Management Committee
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To affirm this, at least once a year, for a period of at least one week, the car park will be closed.
This is advance notice that the next period of closure will be from 25th May to 1st June 2014. No access or egress will be possible during that period.
Thank you to everyone who returned the recent questionnaire. We distributed 200 and received 100 completed ones in return. This may be a record! There was a clear mandate for progressing two projects – the Church Nave and Peldon Village Hall and these two received almost equal support.
The committee will now start the detailed work for both of these projects to see how/whether either or both of them can be carried forward in a financially sound manner, how they can best provide appropriate benefits for the Wigboroughs and also give adequate protection for the Wigboroughs legacy going forward.
The other two projects, Donated Land and Investment will now be dropped. Our thanks go to Carol and Colin Wyatt for their generous offer of land donation.
The full record of the returns, omitting personal details, will be on display at the Annual General Meeting in June.
The Wigborough’s Christmas Fair is taking place on Saturday 7th December between 10am-12pm at St. Stephen’s Church, Great Wigborough. Featuring:
… there is really something for everybody to enjoy. All proceeds will go to the Parochial Church Council of Gt. & Lt. Wigborough.
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Rural areas around Colchester have suffered significant amounts of fly-tipped refuse and waste, which is dumped illegally and is spoiling the environment.
Although fly-tipping in Colchester has declined in the past year, outlying areas have remained hotspots for such activity, and is something that both the Police and the Council are working hard to tackle and enforce.
Residents are encouraged to be vigilant and inform the Council of any fly-tipping in their area, or to report any suspicion of fly-tipping activity.
We are now also asking for members of the public to take details of any vehicles, particularly tipper and flatbed lorries, carrying waste and to report them immediately to the council on the number below, please include the type of waste being carried, time, day, date, registration and ideally any person(s) seen at the time.
Although the act of fly-tipping may not be witnessed, the Council is still able to investigate any reports of vehicles carrying waste, ascertaining if the owners have the correct and legal paperwork in place to do this.
Any person identified carrying waste illegally may be issued with a £300 fixed penalty notice or prosecuted which carries a maximum fine on conviction of £5000.
Dumping waste where it is not allowed, or allowing others to do so, is a criminal offence. You could face a very large fine or even be sent to prison if you fly-tip waste on land that does not have a license to receive it. It not only drains resources provided by the council in order to clean it up but has been responsible for several near misses with vehicles nearly ending up in ditches on the dark back roads trying to avoid it.
If you are hiring someone to dispose of waste on your behalf, check that the company or person you give waste to have a license to carry it – if the waste is dumped illegally, you could still be liable for prosecution. Protect your environment and help us to take action.
From Shane Taylor Colchester Borough Council Street Services, “Colchester Borough Council will not tolerate this eyesore. I strongly encourage residents to find out how to dispose of your waste correctly, as well as help us take action on fly-tippers by being vigilant and reporting any incidences of fly-tipping in your community.”
Local Police Officers will be looking for potential carriers and suspicions of fly-tipping activity, but it is hoped that through residents’ reports and noted activity, the Council and the Police can develop an intelligence system to spot potential patterns in fly-tipping activity in the Borough.
To report any incidences of fly-tipping in your community, contact (01206) 282700 or email [email protected].
To contact Pc Mel Wilson – 07966 197 404
Birch and Layer
Birch and Layer is part of the Essex Police Colchester district and covers the Parishs of Birch, Layer Breton, Heckfordbridge, Hardys Green, Smythes Green, Layer De La Haye, Messing, Salcott and The Wigboroughs.
Crime recorded for the Winstree area has seen roughly a 13% decrease compared to this time last year.
Winstree is still a very safe place to live and PC Mel Wislson is sure it will continue to drop.
The main crime for the rural areas continues to be Burglary to out buildings and sheds, PC Mel Wilson would like to remind people to look at their security at home particularly to these areas as things such as bikes, power tools etc are expensive to replace. If you make it hard for the criminals to access your shed they are more likely to move on than bother with yours, these crimes normally only take minutes or seconds to commit.
PC Mel Wilson would also like to remind people that if they see a person or vehicle acting suspiciously to take as much detail as possible such as index plates, colour, description of people and direction of travel and call police immediately. We would rather come out to a false alarm than not be called at all.
With the present climate of rising fuel charges and spate of cold weather we have seen an increase in the amount of recorded thefts of oil from properties in the Colchester area particularly the rural villages. Please review your security regarding this, if advice is needed please do not hesitate to contact PC Mel Wilson.
If you have any information which is not an emergency please contact PC Mel Wilson on 07966 197404.
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